Best Museums in the USA
There is no doubt that a primary role of museums is to engage and educate the community. Museum exhibits inspire interest in an area of study, item, time period, or an idea– but there’s more going on in museums in regard to education than one might think.
Note: We give special recognition to The Discoverer Blog for providing the museum info that we present here.
- Alabama: U.S. Space and Rocket Center
One of the most impressive space museums in the country, the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville is also home to the famed Space Camp. Visitors to the center can learn all about the history of NASA before viewing the museum’s incredible collection of rockets. You can also get hands on and climb a rock wall that mimics the landscape of Mars.
- California: The Getty
California is a massive state, so picking just one museum is a daunting task. But L.A.’s J. Paul Getty Museum is renowned throughout the art world and will charm all visitors. From its spectacular gardens and outdoor sculptures to its art collection that features Monet, Cézanne and Van Gogh, the Getty is one museum that everyone needs to experience. Even better? Entrance to the Getty Center is free and the view from the second floor is breathtaking.
- Colorado: Denver Art Museum
One of the largest museums in the West, the Denver Art Museum is a stunning marvel to behold. And that’s just its exterior. Inside, visitors will find Western art, contemporary pieces and impressive traveling collections. From fashion exhibits to Spanish colonial art to interactive pieces, this museum is a true encyclopedia of artistic expression.
- Florida: The Dalí Museum
Fans of Salvador Dalí need not travel all the way to Spain for a glimpse of the surrealist painter’s work. The Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida contains an impressive collection of paintings, illustrations and sculptures created by the eccentric painter over the course of his life.
- Georgia: The World of Coca-Cola
Whether you call it soda or pop, you’ll definitely want to visit Atlanta’s World of Coca-Cola. This interactive museum contains a pop culture gallery, a 4D theatre and a vault holding Coke’s secret formula. Regardless of which exhibits you visit, the colorful and exciting space is a fun way to spend an afternoon.
- Illinois: Museum of Science and Industry
Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry is a must-see. As the largest science museum in the U.S., MSI’s exhibits are vast and impressive. From a life-sized, interactive hamster wheel to a subterranean coal mine, the museum is sure to capture your attention. The only problem? With so many incredible exhibits, you may want to visit more than once.
- Louisiana: The National WWII Museum
The scope of this museum is simply breathtaking. Located in New Orleans, the National WWII Museum features a massive collection of artifacts and interactive exhibits from the turbulent conflict. Wander through nearly 250,000 artifacts and listen to more than 9,000 personal accounts. You’ll walk away with a deeper understanding of and appreciation for the war that changed the world.
Other Widely Celebrated Observances These usually don’t affect work schedules or tourist attractions.
- Groundhog Day, February 2.
- Lincoln’s Birthday, February 12.
- Valentine’s Day, February 14.
- Washington’s Birthday, February 22.
- St. Patrick’s Day, March 17.
- Good Friday, varies
- Easter, varies
- April Fools’s Day, April 1.
- Earth Day, April 22 (since 1970; see Earthday.net)
- Administrative Assistants’ Day, which once upon a time was Secretaries’ Day, is the Wednesday of the last full week of April (that is, the Wednesday before the last Saturday in April) since 1955.
- Arbor Day is often the last Friday in April (since 1872), but since planting conditions vary, it may occur from September to May; please consult the National Arbor Day Foundation’s list of Arbor Day Dates.
- Mothers’ Day, second Sunday in May.
- Fathers’ Day, third Sunday in June.
- Parents’ Day, fourth Sunday in July.
- Grandparents’ Day, Sunday after Labor Day.
- Columbus Day (traditional), October 12.
- United Nations Day, October 24.
- Halloween, October 31.
*If you are using these dates for planning a trip, please verify the dates of the various holidays with at least one other source.